Buddha Da The path to enlightenment winds along the pavement of Glasgow in this imagining of working-class Buddhism. And there's a definite learning curve ahead for dopey,… Fiction
Book Review

Buddha Da

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Anne Donovan; Genre: Fiction

The path to enlightenment winds along the pavement of Glasgow in this imagining of working-class Buddhism. And there's a definite learning curve ahead for dopey, nice-guy housepainter Jimmy, whose journey into Eastern thought -- because, apparently, meditation is cool -- seems as tentative as his wife's and daughter's understanding of it. Yet as his spirituality blossoms at the local Buddhist center, his marriage crumbles -- the vow of celibacy being a deal breaker. Alternating between characters' voices in a charming Scottish brogue, Buddha ambles that fine line between cutesy and quaint, but mercifully never ventures into self-righteousness.

Originally posted Apr 09, 2004 Published in issue #759 Apr 09, 2004 Order article reprints